Our boat Ocean Nomad managed to finish our birthday charter and get up to the start of the 2009 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta just in time to get a spot on the dock next to all the other traditional Carriacou Sloops. This year there are a few from
Jason, Trevor and I did the charter but when we got back to Jolly Harbour Trevor left the boat and we were joined by Harry Ingram. Harry was put into a wheelchair by MS after he turned 40 and got into open water sailing then just to satisfy his need for adventure. Up until then he had been a rock and ice climber and instructor and needed something else to do. He ended up being a regular onboard the boats of the Jubilee Sailing Trust. Check out their website here. The Jubilee has a slogan as "Sailing for All" and generally invites people with all abilities to sail beside each other as a team. Harry made the Atlantic crossing to
We got our Mount Gay Antigua Classic Sailing hats and enjoyed some rum while watching the 2008 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta video done by my good friends at www.acquafilms.com . It was a great vid and got us all in the mood for sailing.
Today we have a bit more work to do on the boat before going for a proper sail in the afternoon to get ready for the first proper race tomorrow. There is a single handed race today, but I’m not sure that we will have the boat ready. We are doing a tiny bit of $#@%^&!* today and I’m not sure it will be dry in time. I won't say the word because every time we do some $#@%^&!* it rains all over the job. In fact last week we had most of our work ruined by the first proper rains in 8 weeks. We ended up sailing over to enjoy the Easter holiday in